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Junior Sailing Program Overview

(Please click on the links for more detailed information)

Morning Opti Program: This program is designed to teach children aged 7-10 how to sail Optis, a small, single-handed dinghy. Participants in this program meet Monday to Friday from 9:00am - 12:00pm.  The program has three groups: Snappers, Barracudas and Dorados.  Participants must provide their own Opti.

Afternoon Opti Program: This program is for advanced Opti sailors aged 11-15.  This program runs Monday to Friday from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. Within this program we offer a racing track and an advanced track. All participants take part in our Friday Fun Days and Captains Harbor regattas. Participants must provide their own Opti.

Morning 420/Feva Program: This program provides an introduction to Fevas and 420s.  Participants must have completed at least 1 year of Afternoon Opti sailing and be aged 11-18.  The program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Participants do not need to provide their own boat.

420 Racing: This program is for advanced 420 sailors, aged 12-18.  Each participant requires a partner – please do not let that discourage you from registering as we will work with you and other interested 420 sailors to find a partner.  This program runs Monday to Friday, 1:00 - 5:00pm. Participants in this program must provide their own 420.

Feva Racing: This program is for sailors, aged 12-18, interested in developing their racing skills and participating in regattas. Fevas are great for juniors who are moving out of the Optimist class and seek to sail with a partner and learn the basics of a double-handed boat, including spinnaker. Each participant requires a partner--please do not let that discourage you from registering as we will work with you and other interested sailors to find a partner. This program runs Monday to Friday, 1:00 - 5:00pm. Participants in this program must provide their own Feva.

Laser Racing: This program is designed for sailors aged 12+ with substantial prior Opti or 420 sailing who wish to race lasers. Lasers are best suited to sailors weighing over 125 pounds. This program runs Monday to Friday, 1:00 - 5:00pm. Participants in this program must provide their own Laser.

Recreational Sailing Program: This program is offered as either a 4-week session or 8-week session, Mondays to Fridays from 1:00pm - 5:00pm. The class is open to 11-18 year olds with three years of sailing experience or with sailing director approval. Participants will use Hobie Waves, 420s and RS Fevas. The emphasis is the fun and adventurous side of sailing. Participants do not need to provide their own boat.

Taste of Sailing: This program gives non-sailors aged 10-18 a chance to try sailing.  The program runs 3 days a week (Mon/Wed/Fri) from 1:00pm – 4:00pm and participants can sign up for between 1 and 4 weeks. Participants do not need to provide their own boat.

Big Boat Racing Program: This program is for the serious sailor who wishes to learn how to race big boats offshore.  Participants must be aged 14-18.  The program will include both practical big boat sailing/racing and a navigation theory class.

Communication

Please come for a Q&A meeting on Wednesday February 5 at 7:00pm in the main RYC Clubhouse. Our Sailing Director and Sailing Chairs will be there to answer all of your questions including how to register, which class is right for your child, what equipment is needed and more. In addition, a mandatory meeting will be held for all enrolled sailors with their parent(s) on Monday June 17 (Date TBC) at 7:00pm.

Our primary means of communication during the summer will be through email and the Junior Program website. Please check your email regularly once the summer begins. Our Sailing Director and instructors are always available to discuss your child’s sailing progress and any other concerns you may have.

Please explore the JSA website (jsalis.org) as it is a wonderful resource. Here are some links to get you started:

http://jsalis.org/about/optimist-boat-class

http://jsalis.org/club-420

http://jsalis.org/feva-class

http://jsalis.org/laser-class

Safety Equipment

The following safety equipment is mandatory for all sailors participating in the RYC Junior Sailing Program: a USCG-approved life vest with attached whistle, sun block, hat, water bottle, sunglasses and closed-toe shoes.  All boats and sailing equipment must pass safety check-in before they can be used in the program. A full list is available in the Junior Sailing Handbook.

Volunteers
The RYC Sailing Program relies on parent volunteers during the spring and summer to help make this program a success. There are many different ways to help: parent of the Day shifts, helping out at an RYC run junior regatta, photographing sailors for the end of program slide show, chairing or co-chairing an event or committees are all ways to get involved.  Please contact us to register your interest.

We look forward to a safe and successful 2019 season!

RYC Sailing Director, sailingdirector@riversideyc.org

Courtney & Tom Haidinger, Junior Sailing Chairs

Jane & Jay Stout, Junior Sailing Co-Chairs